Potential Pet Adoption Perils to Avoid

Things to consider when adopting a new pet

Adopting a new cat or dog is a big responsibility, and can be a tricky process. Here are some are some key things you should think about to make sure you find the right match and make the adoption process go smoothly for you and your new four-legged friend.

First, research breeds to determine which type of dog best suits your personality and lifestyle. Web sites such as the American Kennel Club (AKC), or your local animal shelter can often offer some personality profiles on various breeds to help in your decision.

Check online for rescue organizations in your area. Web sites like DogTime.com provide links to pet rescues and shelters in your area. Rescue organizations have fees that are often much less than buying from a breeder, but their adoption procedures will most likely be more stringent, often requiring a home visit from a rescue volunteer. After all, rescue dogs have often been abandoned or surrendered, and the rescue personnel want to make sure the dog is being placed in its forever-home.

Also, check your local dog pound or animal control shelter; usually, these are operated by your city or county. Often you can find a real diamond-in-the-rough and the fees are generally low. Your city shelter may have limited resources and need to find homes for dogs quickly so they do not have to euthanize them. Purebred dogs sometimes end up at the pound, but you’ll also find plenty of loveable mixed breeds.

You should definitely consider how much room you have in your home before you bring a dog into it. Take into account how the breed you select might interact with or tolerate your children or another pet in the house. For example, breeds such as heelers are herding dogs by nature and tend to chase creatures smaller than themselves, meaning your kids or cat could end up being corralled around the house or yard. An Irish setter, on the other hand, is a big, friendly dog that likes run, swim and play outdoors, and might be a better choice for children.

Here are some other key questions you should consider before adopting:

  • Why do you want a pet? It’s amazing how many people fail to ask themselves this simple question before they get a pet. Adopting a pet just because it’s “the thing to do” or because the kids have been pining for a puppy usually ends up being a big mistake. Don’t forget that pets may be with you 10, 15, even 20 years.
  • Do you have time for a pet?Dogs, cats, and other pets can’t be ignored just because you’re tired or busy. They need food, water, exercise, care, and love every day of every year. Many animals end up in the shelter because their owners didn’t realize how much time it would take to care for them.
  • Can you afford a pet? The costs of pet ownership can be quite high. Licenses, training classes, spaying and neutering, veterinary care, grooming, toys, food, kitty litter, and other expenses add up quickly.
  • Are you prepared to deal with special problems that a pet can cause? Flea infestations, scratched-up furniture, accidents from animals who aren’t yet housetrained, and unexpected medical emergencies are unfortunate but common aspects of pet ownership.
  • Can you have a pet where you live? Many rental communities don’t allow pets, and most of the rest have restrictions. Make sure you know what they are before you bring a companion animal home.
  • Is it a good time for you to adopt a pet? If you have kids under six years old, for instance, you might consider waiting a few years before you adopt. You family’s experience might be better when your children are mature enough to be responsible. If you’re a student, in the military, or travel frequently as part of your work, it may be wise to wait until you settle down.
  • Are your living arrangements suitable for the animal you have in mind? Your pet’s size is not the only thing to think about here. For example, some small dogs such as terriers are very active—they require a great deal of exercise to be calm, and they often bark at any noise. On the other hand, some big dogs are laid back and quite content to lie on a couch all day. Before adopting a pet, do some research so you can choose an animal that fits your lifestyle and your living arrangements.
  • Do you know who will care for your pet while you’re away on vacation? You’ll need either reliable friends and neighbors or money to pay for a boarding kennel or pet-sitting service.
  • Will you be a responsible pet owner?Having your pet spayed or neutered, obeying community leash and licensing laws, and keeping identification tags on your pets are all part of being a responsible owner. Of course, giving your pet love, companionship, exercise, a healthy diet, and regular veterinary care are other essentials.
  • Most importantly, will you care for the pet until death do you part? When you adopt a pet, you are making a commitment to care for the animal for his or her lifetime.

The fact that you’re thinking of adopting from an animal shelter means you’re on the right track—it’s definitely the responsible, caring thing to do, and you are probably saving a life! For more tips and information on bringing a new pet into your home, visit our pet adoption page at petsbest.com/petadoption.

Having the best identification on your pet is more important than you might think

Tom Troiano – IDTag.com – Dec 07, 2009

Did you know that 1 in every 3 pets become lost at least once in their lifetime? Most of us assume it won’t happen to our pets, but the sad fact is that about 6 to 8 million pets enter shelters each year and only half of them are reunited or adopted.

That’s why IDtag.com offers the best protection we can get for our pets, at a price we can all afford. With IDtag, 90% of all recovered pets are reunited with their owners. Here’s a quick rundown of what a pet tag from IDtag.com, powered by e-alert, offers:

-Instant “Amber Alert” with a full pet profile, to all shelter and rescue groups in a 50-mile radius of the pets last known location.
-Phone number printed on the tag lets people reach a 24/7 call center that fields and directly connects all calls to reunite pets with their owners.
-Free pet and owner profile updates anytime.
-Free replacement ID tags if they are ever lost or damaged.
-Instant Lost Pet Posters generated with a click of a button.

Here is what IDtag customers are saying:

“This is the best investment I ever made. As little as it was…My little dog is very friendly and she just wonders off sometime and people think she is lost and pick her up. Thanks to you guys I Always get her back safe and sound. This is truly the best system I have ever seen. Thank you so much.”
-Susan Samways and Hidi

“We never could have got him back if there was no IDtag. And since Scout likes to run and take off whenever he likes, the service is wonderful for us! I think it’s better than the microchip because people can look at the tag and instantly call and don’t have to find and get to a scanner someplace.”
-Sheila Yauger and Scout

And right now, Pets Best customers can take advantage of a Special Holiday Offer from IDTAG.com. A $10.00 discount all IDTAG.com prices. Choose from 3 plans, including a pet ID tag with 6 months of service, a pet ID tag with 5 years of service or a ID Tag with a lifetime plan. Click here to pick you pet ID Tags today, it will be the last ID Tag you will ever have to buy again. Enter coupon code PETS to get your $10.00 off.

Puppies help college students hit the books

Puppies help college students hit the booksBottomless cups of coffee, midnight breakfast and plenty of procrastination techniques have frequently been the study aids of choice for America’s college students. But as finals and paper deadlines approach for the fall semester, one California university is taking a creative approach to helping students relieve stress: puppy pals.

During Chapman University’s study week this year, the school’s Active Minds club, which promotes mental health, will place a group of pups outside of the university library with which frazzled students can spend some time unwinding, the Los Angeles Times reports.

"It has been proven that having a dog helps relieve stress, so we thought it would be a cute idea if we brought some furry friends on campus," Jennifer Heinz, a sophomore integrated educational studies major told the news source.

A Torrance, California-based company, called Puppies & Reptiles for Parties, will provide 10 Malteses, Yorkies, pubs and dachshunds for the college event.

According to Megan Brown, a college counselor and licensed family therapist, research has found that animals can play a role in reducing anxiety and stress in their owners.

Gomestic.com reports that 57 percent of psychiatrists as well as 48 percent of psychologists and 40 percent of family practice physicians recommend animals assisted therapy to combat depression, idleness and stress.
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Customized urns available for departed pets

Customized urns available for departed petsOld Yeller, Little Ann Old Dan from Where the Red Fern Grows and Marley from the recent box office hit Marley and Me have shown the ways a pet’s memory can linger and inspire even after its death. Among the ways to honor a beloved animal after its passing, a new product line has been launched by a Colorado woman was dissatisfied by traditional methods of laying a pet to rest.

Anyone who has endured the death of a pet may know that an array of animal condolence cards is already out on the market.

However, Virginia Polley of Lookout Mountain, Colorado, is trying to infuse a bit of class into the grave business of pet burial, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reports.

The entrepreneur has begun working with local and regional artists to churn out custom cremation urns which fit each pet’s personality. For about $190, the glass urns can feature oil-based portraits or epitaphs adorned with appropriate ornamentation.

Polley told the news source she’s considered the idea ever since she wrote a business plan on making crematory urns while at graduate school.
According to Costhelper.com, the cremation of dogs that weigh more than 50 pounds can cost up to $350.
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Drunk dogs don’t make for happy holidays

Drunk dogs don't make for happy holidaysIn many families, the excitement and enchantment woven into the holiday season make the recipe for long-held memories. Small children remember unwrapping the gift they wrote about in letters to the North Pole for the past nine months. Adults recall time spent with old friends and family members. With the charm that can be packed into the holidays, it’d be a shame to remember this Christmas as the time the dog got drunk or the cat choked on tinsel.

Striving to preserve the grace of the season, the Pet Poison Helpline has given some advice on pet care to ensure that all members of the family, even the 4-legged ones, have happy holidays.

As owners chow down on a holiday ham, duck or turkey, their pets may be stalking the house looking for seasonal treats of their own.

Poinsettia plants, lilies, holly and mistletoes can all be toxic to animals and if ingested cause pet health issues such as gastrointestinal upset and heart arrhythmia, the Baltimore Sun reports.

The Pet Poison Helpline also warns that alcohol can cause seizures in pets, holiday ornaments contain chemicals which could trigger aspiration pneumonia and some imported snow globes hold antifreeze, which could be fatal if drank by dogs and cats.

According to an Associated Press-Petside.com poll, a total of 59 percent of pet owners will consider their animals before picking out holiday decorations this year.
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